Altaf Hussain updates: MQM chief not barred from travelling, says party leader

Published: June 3, 2014

MQM supporters offer each other sweets as they celebrate the news that MQM leader Altaf Hussain has been released on bail following his arrest, during a protest in Hyderabad on June 7, 2014.

MQM supporters offer each other sweets as they celebrate the news that MQM leader Altaf Hussain has been released on bail following his arrest, during a protest in Hyderabad on June 7, 2014. MQM supporters celebrating after the MQM Chief was released on bail. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD NOMAN Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. PHOTO: MQM FACEBOOK PAGE Express News screen grab of Altaf Hussain after his release from the police station. Screen grab of MQM chief after bail. Supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement hold photographs of party leader Altaf Hussain during a sit-in protest calling for Hussain's release in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP A view of the hospital where Altaf Hussain is being treated in London under police custody. PHOTO: ONLINE Supporters of MQM party shout slogans during a sit-in protest calling for party leader Altaf Hussain release, in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP An MQM supporter holds a photograph of Altaf Hussain during a sit-in protest calling for Hussain's release in Karachi  PHOTO: AFP 
Policemen stand at a security check point on a street in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP An MQM  supporter holds a poster of Altaf Hussain at a gathering to show solidarity with their leader in Karachi. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON / KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain was arrested in London on suspicion of money-laundering charges on June 3. Hussain has been released on bail which is valid till July. 

Sit-ins in various cities of Sindh including Karachi and Hyderabad were staged by the MQM supporters to protest the arrest of Altaf Hussain by the Scotland Yard on suspicion of money laundering.

June 8, 1:23pm

MQM leader Mustafa Azizabadi says Altaf Hussain is not barred from travelling. He, however, added that the MQM chief doesn’t intend to visit Pakistan at this moment.

In a press statement issued after Hussain’s release on bail, MQM says the party chief is well aware that investigation into charges of money laundering is legal.

The party also thanked London police for providing Hussain with best medical facilities while he was in their custody.

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June 8, 3:00am

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has no plans to start political agitation in reaction to the British police investigations into money-laundering charges against its chief, Altaf Hussain, said party leader Nasir Jamal.

June 7, 1:42pm

The sit-ins by the MQM have ended after the party chief got bail.

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June 7, 5:36am

MQM chief thanks all the politicians, his party workers and public for their support in his first address to the party workers after his release on bail from the police station.

PHOTO: MQM FACEBOOK PAGE

He says that he has arranged lawyers and will fight his battle through legal means.

MET police has not shared the details regarding Altaf Hussain’s bail. The bail is valid until July, say police.

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June 7, 4:36am

MQM chief Altaf Hussain on his way to MQM’s international secretariat in London.

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June 7, 3:57am

MQM chief Altaf Hussain has been released on bail after being interviewed for almost nine hours by the Metropolitan police in London, according to Express News correspondent Naseem Siddiqui.

Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad has congratulated MQM workers upon hearing the news. “The release of MQM chief is the fruit of the prayers of MQM workers,” says Ibad.

Hussain is likely to address supporters who have been protesting against his arrest in various cities of Sindh.

June 6, 4:34pm

MQM chief discharged from the hospital and shifted to a police station, Express News reports.

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June 6, 4:26pm

The required documents for the issuance of a passport and a national identity card to Altaf Hussain have not been provided yet, the Foreign Office says on Friday.

While briefing the media, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam says that the processing of the documents will be initiated, once “Mr Altaf Hussain completes the process”.

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June 6, 1:59pm

The time Hussain spent at the hospital will not be included in the investigation time, Express News correspondent Naseem Siddiqui reports.

Investigation time can continue up till 66 hours once the MQM chief is taken to the police station.

Before going to the hospital, Hussain was at the police station for 6 hours.

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June 6, 12:26pm

Police and lawyers will meet the MQM chief today and it will be decided whether Hussain will stay at the hospital or be taken to the police station.

He is still in the custody of Scotland Yard.

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June 6, 12:12pm

After reviewing the medical report of Altaf Hussain’s angiography, doctors in the UK declare MQM chief’s health satisfactory, Express News reports.

It is expected that he will be discharged today.

Whether the MQM chief was healthy enough to record a statement before the Metropolitan police depended on the report.

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June 6, 11:34am

MQM legislator Dr Sagheer Ahmed, while speaking to the media in Karachi, says prayer sessions are being carried out throughout Pakistan.

Express News screengrab of MQM legislator Dr Sagheer Ahmed speaking to the media in Karachi.

The MQM legislator says the party is expressing its emotions and protesting peacefully according to Hussain’s advice, adding that this is an example for the world.

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June 6, 11:15am

MQM is observing a ‘day of prayer’ today. This is being done for the well-being of the MQM chief.

The sit-ins continue for a fourth day today.

Economic activities have been restored in Karachi and Hyderabad.

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June 6, 10:22am

MQM chief has undergone angiography, Express News reports.

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June 6, 12:45am

Addressing a press conference on early Friday, MQM deputy convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said MQM Chief Altaf Hussain contacted the MQM International Secretariat in London from the hospital and informed that he would taken for the angiography in a while, Express News reported.

Altaf Hussain urged the party workers to remain united in these testing times, said Siddiqui.

MQM coordination committee declared Friday as ‘day of prayer’, prayer sessions to be held for the well-being of Altaf Hussain.

June 5, 9:30pm

A spokesperson of the Federal Government has clarified the statement of Minister for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid regarding issuance of passport to MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.

“The minister had actually said that it was decided in principle that a Pakistani passport would be issued to Altaf Hussain,” the spokesperson added.

The reported news that Pakistani passport or identity card have been issued to Altaf Hussain is not correct, concluded the spokesperson.

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June 5, 8:50pm

According to statement by the ministry of foreign affairs, the interim High Commissioner of Pakistan was accompanied by two Consular Officers of the High Commission.

He also presented a bouquet of flowers to Altaf, on behalf of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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 June 5, 6:21pm

Addressing the media at the sit-in, Farooq Sattar said that “through our peaceful protest we have proven to the world that Karachi is a safe place,” Express News reported.

Sattar also said that there is a conspiracy against MQM.

Rehman Malik, also present at the sit-in, said “you’re not just Altaf bhai, you’re an institution.”

Meanwhile, senior member of MQM Babar Ghauri has arrived at the hospital to visit Altaf.

Express News screengrab of Babar Ghauri and other members of MQM.

Ghauri has expressed his support to Altaf and said that “MQM is a peace-loving party.”

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June 5, 6:08pm

Altaf’s passport and CNIC that has been issued to him will be delivered through the courier service.

The interim High Commissioner of Pakistad had quoted the MQM chief as saying “I’m a fighter, and I have faith in the system and the people who are praying for me back home.”

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June 5, 5:53pm

Interim High Commissioner of Pakistan has said that the London Police is being completely cooperative.

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June 5, 5:31pm

Express News is quoting Pakistan’s interim High Commissioner to the UK as saying that Altaf is in high spirits.

He also added that Altaf has thanked the prime minister and the people for their support.

The interim High Commissioner of Pakistan met Altaf for 20 minutes. He further added that the police will question the MQM chief after he is released from the hospital.

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June 5, 5:22pm

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan has spoken to Altaf via telephone to inquire about his health, according to Express News.

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June 5, 4:48pm

The British authorities have accepted Pakistan’s request for consular access to MQM chief Altaf Hussain, a senior foreign ministry official confirmed to The Express Tribunecorrespondent Kamran Yousaf.

The Pakistan High Commission in London had sought consular access to Hussain on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s order.

Interim Pakistan High Commissioner to UK will meet Hussain at the hospital.

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June 5, 4:46pm

Information Minister Pervez Rashid says Altaf Hussain has been issued the National Identification Card and Pakistani passport.

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June 5, 4:44pm

While speaking to the media, DG Rangers Sindh Rizwan Akhtar said that the Rangers and other LEAs are working with the police to monitor the situation in Karachi.

He also said that the Rangers will take into account any complaints that they receive regard disturbances, stating that “no militant will be spared.”

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June 5, 2:54pm

The Express Tribune correspondent Sohail Khattak reported that unidentified armed young men forced shop owners in areas of east, west and central districts of Karachi to shut their businesses down.

These areas include Liaquatabad, Hyderi, Orangi, Ayesha Manzil, North Karachi, Gulistan-e-Johar, Korangi, Surjani Town, Baldia Town and certain blocks of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

The forced shutdown reportedly began between 12:30pm and 1pm.

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June5, 2:15pm

Hussain will remain admitted at the hospital today, Express News reported.

Doctors say the MQM chief will undergo angiography anytime today.

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June5, 2:10pm

MQM Rabita Committee condemns the shutting down of businesses and shops in some areas of Karachi.

Committee says MQM has no connection with the actions of these extremists.

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June5, 1:27pm

According to our correspondent Sohail Khattak, All Karachi Tajir Ittehad Chairman Atiq Mir has said that businesses and shops were open in 80% of the areas in Karachi.

Mir has further said that unidentified men in certain areas of the city such as Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Liaquatabad and Hyderi were forcing shops and businesses to shut down.

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June5, 12:01pm

MQM leader Farooq Sattar, while speaking to the media in Karachi, says Karachi is a peaceful city.

He further says that the way MQM has shown solidarity with the party chief is a huge success, adding that MQM did not let extremists take advantage of the situation.

Express News screengrab of MQM leader Farooq Sattar speaking to the media in Karachi.

“Because of this a positive image of Karachi has been shown to the world,” states the MQM representative.

He also says that hearing from Hussain was a huge relief and the MQM chief’s health remained the main concern for the party.

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June 5, 10:45am

MQM supporters continue to stage sit-ins in various cities of Sindh including Karachi and Hyderabad to protest against Hussain’s arrest.

Supporters of MQM shout slogans during a sit-in protest calling for party leader Altaf Hussain’s release, in Karachi on June 5, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Exams postponed in schools in Karachi for a third day.

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June 5, 10:10am

Two days after the arrest of the MQM chief, various cities in Sindh including Karachi and Hyderabad returned to life after MQM Rabita Committee requested traders and transporters to resume their activities.

Public transport returns to the streets, and businesses and markets resume their activities.

Parts of Sindh had been in lockdown for two days with shops and markets closed and people staying at home for fear of violence following the arrest.

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June 5, 12:30am

MQM coordination committee has requested the traders, business community to resume their activities.

We appeal to the traders, business community and transporters to resume their activities, says MQM deputy convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

He adds that the decision was taken after the MQM chief called MQM International secretariat in London and informed the coordination committee about his well-being.

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June 4, 11:45pm

Pakistan’s high commission in London has informed the Prime Minister’s office in Islamabad that British authorities have not yet responded to their request for the consular access to MQM chief Altaf Hussain.

“London Police is interrogating Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and has not responded to their request for the consular access to the person in custody. The official told that nobody, even his daughter Afza Altaf is permitted to see him,” says high commission.

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June 4, 11:00pm

Altaf Hussain contacts the MQM International Secretariat for the first time after being taken into custody and asked workers to remain peaceful, according to a statement issued by the party.

Talking to the MQM coordination committee, the MQM chief informs about his well-being. He asks workers to remain peaceful and urged them not to take law their own hands.

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June 4, 9:26pm

Leaders and activists of the MQM continue their sit-in for a second day at Numaish Chowrangi in Karachi to express solidarity with the MQM.

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June 4, 7:54pm

Speaking from London, MQM leader Wasay Jalil said Altaf’s medical tests have been conducted and they are now waiting for the results to see if he is fit for an interview with the police.

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June 4, 7:30pm

The Pakistan High Commission in London makes a request to British authorities for access to the MQM chief so that they can facilitate him in this case.

“Following instruction from the prime minister, we have requested the British government to provide consular access to Altaf Hussain,” foreign ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam tells The Express Tribune.

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June 4, 7:28pm

Former president Pervez Musharraf tweets in support of the MQM leader.

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June 4, 4:28pm

Information Minister Pervez Rashid censures Senator Aitzaz Ahsan for making irresponsible comments on Karachi’s volatile situation, says the government has provided full support to MQM leader Altaf Hussain in regards to his NIC and passport.

“Inappropriate statements can compromise the security situation of Karachi and also the Pakistan Peoples Party’s government in Sindh,” says Rashid, adding that Ahsan should know better about the scenario as his party is in power in the province.

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June 3, 9:26pm

MQM is staging sit-ins in Hyderabad and Sukkur outside the respective Press Clubs. The protestors are demanding that the MQM chief be released.

Members of the MQM Rabita Committee are also taking part in the sit-ins.

Also, MQM representative Wasay Jalil confirms that Altaf Hussain has been taken to a hospital for a medical checkup.

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June 3, 9:21pm

Federal government says that it is ready to help Altaf Hussain legally, Express News reported.

It also advised the Sindh government to protect the property and lives of citizens.

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June 3, 8:39pm

Two hours into the sit in, workers are still arriving at Numaish Chowrangi.

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June 3, 8:22pm

Sattar says that he is concerned about the health and safety of Altaf Hussain as he had to be hospitalised for medical tests.

Another MQM leader had said that a doctor at the police station was present to examine him, reported our correspondent.

Scotland Yard, who earlier in the day stated that a 60-year-old man has been arrested on charges of money laundering, revealed that the person in custody had been moved to a hospital but was still under arrest, Express News reported.

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June 3, 7:53pm

Farooq Sattar says MQM workers desire to continue holding sit ins until Altaf Hussain is released, reported our correspondent.

Another MQM leader has said that they will hold more demonstration in other parts of Karachi from tomorrow onwards.

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June 3, 6:30pm

Activists and leaders have started reaching Numaish Chowrangi for the peaceful sit-in against Hussain’s arrest.

Rangers resorted to aerial firing near Nine Zero, reported our correspondent. No injuries have been reported.

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June 3, 6:01pm

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi announces that the party will soon hold a peaceful sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi, our correspondent from Nine Zero reports.

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June 3, 5:45pm

MQM Coordination Committee condemns the incidents of violence in the city, according to a press release. The committee claims that MQM has nothing to do with the violence, adding that it seems like someone is trying to “defame the party”.

The committee asked people to avoid doing anything against Altaf Hussain’s teachings and guidance, adding that torching shops and buses is not the party leader’s policy.

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June 3, 5:21pm

MQM supporters gather outside Nine Zero shouting slogans in protest of Hussain’s arrest: “Leader leader, Altaf, our leader.”

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June 3, 5:01pm

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi urges party workers to remain peaceful and keep in touch with the party headquarters, RadioPakistan reports.

It further reports that Rizvi asked party workers not to resort to violence as some forces would try to capitalize on it.

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June 3, 4:48pm

BBC reports that a senior MQM official has said the party was not trying to conceal or hide what has happened.

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June 3, 4:43pm

Farooq Sattar claims Deputy Convenor of MQM London Nadeem Nusrat is in contact with Altaf Hussain.

The MQM representative also says that Altaf Hussain’s health is their party’s top priority. He adds that the MQM chief needed to be hospitalised and get treatment immediately.

“We have to pray for his health,” says the MQM leader.

He also warns MQM workers that they should not give exploiters the opportunity to take advantage of the situation.

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June 3, 4:37pm

MQM leader Farooq Sattar claims that Hussain was headed to the hospital when the Metropolitan Police came to his residence with a search warrant.

Sattar adds that MQM’s lawyers reached in time to handle the situation.

According to Sattar, the party lawyers and London police are still present at Hussain’s residence.

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June 3, 4:29pm

Three magistrates will reportedly indict Altaf Hussain at 9pm (PST) today, according to sources.

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June 3, 4:22pm

MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi says the party does not want the MQM chief to be harmed in any way. Rizvi claims that Altaf Hussain is still at his home.

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June 3, 4:18pm

Metropolitan Police say that the 60-year-old suspect that had been arrested earlier has now been shifted to the police station, Express News reports.

A spokesman of the British High Commission in Islamabad said only London Police can confirm the arrest, RadioPakistan reports.

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June 3, 4:08pm

In a press statement, leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah says that Pakistan Peoples Party will support MQM.

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June 3, 4:05pm

Pakistan Railways has stopped train operations in Sindh temporarily.

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June 3, 4:03pm

Heavy contingents of Rangers have arrived in many areas to take control of the security situation.

MQM Rabita Committee says they are very much in contact with Altaf Hussain.

Though MQM has claimed that Altaf Hussain is present at his house in London, there are media reports that MQM chief has been arrested.

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June 3, 3:50pm

Five vehicles were set on fire through Karachi including a bus in Federal B area, a truck in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and a coach near Aisha Manzil.

The Karachi Stock Exchange has recovered substantially from its 780 point drop but is still down by 224 points.

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June 3, 3:26pm

The Rabita Committee also tells party leaders and workers that they should not pay heed to rumours.

In the press conference, MQM Rabita Committee London did not comment on whether Altaf Hussain was under arrest or not.

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June 3, 3:23pm

MQM Rabita Committee London asks members to remain calm. Committee says they should follow Altaf Hussain’s message of peace.

It also says party will act responsibly and handle the matter according to the law.

MQM Rabita Committee London claims Altaf Hussain is at his house. It further claims that the police visited his house this morning for questioning when he was about to go to a hospital for medical check-up.

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June 3, 3:17pm

The MQM Rabita Committee in London is addressing a press conference.

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June 3, 3:10pm

The MQM Rabita Committee will hold a press conference shortly.

According to Scotland Yard’s press release, officers are still searching the residential address in north-west London.

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June 3, 3:00pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been informed about the arrest of the MQM chief during a session of the PML-N parliamentary party.

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June 3, 2:55pm

PTI leader Imran Ismail, while speaking to Express News, says security forces should perform as required by the law and should take action against those responsible for forcing businesses to shut down.

Political leader Ejazul Haq points out that security situation in Karachi had always been fragile and that the government should take strict action in order to ensure peace in the city.

PPP parliamentarian Shahla Raza says government should take immediate action to ensure life continues normally in Karachi.

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June 3, 2:46pm

The Karachi Transport Ittehad chief has advised public transporters to park their vehicles at the terminals.

BBC reports that officers are searching a residential address in north-west London, where a 60-year-old man was detained.

Hussain has lived in the UK since 1991, saying his life would be at risk if he returned to Pakistan.

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June 3, 2:40pm

MQM sources in Karachi say they are unable to contact the members of London office.

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June 3, 2:37pm

British High Commission has confirmed the arrest. A special unit of the Scotland Yard arrested him from his house.

Exams have been postponed in various schools. Intermediate Board papers have also been cancelled.

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June 3, 2:27pm

Scotland Yard has not revealed the identity of the man arrested, Express News reported. According to the their press release, a 60-year-old man has been arrested on charges of money-laundering.

Karachi University examinations have been cancelled for the day.

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June 3, 2:22pm

Naeem Khanzada, reporting from Nine-Zero, says party members are gathering at the party headquarters for the emergency meeting.

MQM London Secretariat members say they will announce future course of action once the situation is clearer.

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June 3, 2:15pm

Spokesperson for London Metropolitan Police told The Express Tribune that a 60-year-old man was arrested from North West London on suspicion of money laundering. He further said that they do not disclose identities till the person is charged.

MQM Rabita Committee will be addressing a press conference at 3pm.

Two MQM leaders have denied the arrest of their party chief.

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June 3, 2:12pm

According to MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan, the Rabita Committee has called for an emergency meeting and party members have started to gather at Nine Zero.

Security has been put on high alert throughout Sindh.

Shops and businesses have started to shut down in Karachi and other cities of Sindh.

The British High Commission in Karachi has been temporarily shut down.

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June 3, 2:00pm

MQM Rabita Committee member Aminul Haq says they will issue a statement regarding this and will inform everyone about the situation.

Karachi Stock Exchange dropped by 780 points as soon as the news of Hussain’s arrest broke out.  The market is now recovering.

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June 3, 1:51pm

Hussain was arrested from his house in London’s Edgware area.

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 June 3, 1:46pm

Javed Chaudhry, while speaking to Express News today, said London Police were investigating Hussain for three cases of money laundering, hate speech and Imran Farooq murder.

Background

In June last year, as part of their investigation into the Imran Farooq murder case, Scotland Yard had raided Altaf Hussain’s house in London. The search operation had continued for over 55 hours.

Later in July 2013, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police in London had told The Express Tribune that a significant amount of money was seized in the raid from the house of the MQM chief. However, the spokesperson did not disclose whether the politician is being questioned over it.

Another spokesperson had said that if a money laundering case is established, then it would be treated as a financial case, separate from the murder case of Dr Imran Farooq.

Farooq, 50, was a former leader of MQM and had lived in London in self-imposed exile from 1999. He was on his way back from work when he was attacked outside his home in Edgware, north London, in September 2010. A post-mortem gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. A kitchen knife and a house brick used in the attack were recovered at the scene.

Reader Comments (155)

  • common man
    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:49PM

    Do not release him for at least 50 years..Please

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    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:50PM

    Chickens coming home to roost. I hope justice is done.

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  • A-No.1
    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:51PM

    Finally. The begining of the end.

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    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:51PM

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    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:52PM

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    Jun 3, 2014 - 1:53PM

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  • I am a Khan
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:07PM

    The police in UK are very honest and do not bow to any political leader. everyone is equal before the law in UK, unlike in Pakistan. I hope Karachi and Karachites stay safe.

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  • uzair
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:12PM

    Wow the amount of recommendations… It’s a record! Shows how much people hate him.

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  • Saif
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:14PM

    How sad that a bunch of low level criminals is dragging down whole country to the bottom of the pit; pathetic!

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  • uzair
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:16PM

    Wow the amount of terror in Sindh… It’s like Karachi has come to stand still. Of course if not, black sheep’s will go break anything that’s operational… Does England have capital punishment?

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  • Saif
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:21PM

    What a prophetic vision Mirza Ghalib had:
    “Sharam tum ko magar naheen a’ati Ghalib.”

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:26PM

    All the UK press have reported Altaf Hussain as having been arrested. But here the MQM is denying the news and putting out fake and misleading statements.

    He is under arrest. Period. Stop trying to deny that fact. Unfortunately, it is not for what his mafia has done to Karachi or the number of people killed by his goons.

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  • Ricky
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:27PM

    The writing was on the wall for a while and luckily for Pakistan it was the long arm of UK police. This is going to create instability in Pakistan as the remnants of dictatorship are all going to form an alliance. By holding hands with Qadri, Chaudhrys and now MQM, PTI is now going to support MQM to destabilize the system. Once IK was a sworn enemy of MQM and its chief and wanted to prove to the UK government about their crimes. Now all of a sudden IK is with them when the law finally is catching up with their criminal activities.
    IK supported Mush then went against him, supported CJ of SC then not, went to UK to prove the crimes against MQM now in bed with them and the list goes on and on. IK is expert in political summersaults and opportunism. It is about time Pakistanis should see who is openly with the criminals and terrorists and who is not.

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  • Shahzeb Jilani
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:35PM

    I have been voting for MQM since past 25 years solely for the reason that they are the least corrupt among all of the Pakistani political parties. It is ironic that the leader of MQM got arrested in UK because of money laundering that said the amount mentioned is peanuts compared to the money that has been laundered by the leaders of other political parties such as Nawaz Sharif or Asif Zardari.
    It is completely wrong to portray MQM in a negative light by saying it controls karachi by violence. Strikes and street violence is part and parcel of politics in Pakistan and has been used by all political parties including Peoples Party, PML-N or Jamaat-e-Islami. It is actually most of the times it is a reaction to the unjustices of pakistani establishment. Like e.g members of the PML-N (of current PM, Sharif) stormed the building of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1990′s because they did not like the decision of the court against their leader. So does that make Mr Nawaz Sharif a violent man?
    Fact is that there is xenophobia against the mohajir community in Pakistan and they have been victimised in the past 50 years by the ethnic punjabis and pathans who run Pakistani establishment. There is a feeling in mohajir masses that the case built up against Altaf Hussain in London was actually by the Pakistani establishment who have been trying hard in the past 20 years to somehow get Altaf out of the political scence. The basis for that is actually hatred against the Mohajirs. Millions of punjabis in the UK who have been actively lobbying against Altaf Hussain due to their hatred.
    If Pakistani punjabi/pathans/sindhis dont like Altaf then fine.. annexx Karachi. You should thank us muhajris for the 50 years you got as we were the ones who gave you Pakistan and now we will built another new country. Inshallah.

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  • khan
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:36PM

    is living in karachi our biggest fault ?

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  • Shahzeb Jilani
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:37PM

    Continue your hatred punjabis/pathans/sindhis on this forum. Mohajirs gave you Pakistan and now inshallah we will form another country of our own free from your tyranny and hatred. The country will be called Karachi.

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  • sattar
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:49PM

    Thanks to british police

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  • Doesn't add up
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:52PM

    £250k is absolutely nothing in this day and age, you probably can’t even buy a house in most of developed world with this amount. Nawaz and Zardari have £millions stowed away, yet no prosecutions for them in the ‘money laundering’ cases? Something bigger must be going on behind the scenes and this money laundering case is just a façade.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:54PM

    Nightmare of karachi soon be over hopefully inshallah.

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  • kaka
    Jun 3, 2014 - 9:54PM

    MQM should be banned if Altaf is guilty

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  • waj
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:09PM

    Shahzed: grow up, its 2014 not 80′s

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  • Noman
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:10PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani: Altaf is arrested because he was in UK, Nawaz/Zardari are in Pakistan and are Pakistani. There is no point to justify him, No one is above Law in UK.

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  • GreyWulf
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:13PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:
    Mr. Shahzeb, it appears you are at least somewhat educated. Please dont pass off “Tumhari Bori Tayar ho gayi hai”, the countless murders, and never ending extortion as just part and parcel of politics.
    Perhaps in your part of the world its a-ok if a person has killed one person, so long as a rival politician has killed two, not in the UK though. That ain’t gonna fly. One murder is enough. Half a million pounds laundered is enough.

    So just sit back and let justice be done.

    And don’t tell me to thank you for your countless sacrifices for Pakistan, you probably werent even born when 1947 happened. Forget it. Want to live in Pakistan live like a Pakistani, don’t hold an entire city hostage just because some pathetic guy out there living in “self imposed” exile is getting what he deserves.

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  • Noman
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:14PM

    A humble request to MQM, Please don’t SHUTDOWN the schools tomorrow. thanks #Karachiites

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  • waj
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:20PM

    Shahzeb, grow up it’s 2014 not 80′s,
    and how can you be voting for ethnic/regional party for 25 years, when its 20 years old

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  • omair shahid
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:20PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:
    Oh please no other parties closes down a whole city only mqm does this every time dont forget he lives in london not in karachi do u think closing karachi is justified karachi closed for one pakistan loses millions of rs but mqm doesn’t care about it

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  • Silly Politics
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:22PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:
    I am a mohajir and the MQM has earned whatever hatred hounds it through its own deeds. Stop dreaming about an independent Karachi.

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  • omair
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:25PM

    @Ali: What do you think about NS and Zardari?

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  • omair
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:29PM

    @common man: Man! If people showing such hatred for AH then I expect same for Zardari,NS and various others also but I’m sure they won’t pick none of them.

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  • Amjad
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:31PM

    Are we in North Korea or pakistan ? Our dear leader , our revered leader , our special leader, do they pray to Allah or altaf Hussain ? When people of Karachi are so ignorant what hope is their for their children they keep electing thieves and murderers so what do you expect them to give back to you? Roses and chocolate or death and destruction?

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  • omair
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:33PM

    @waj: Just to correct you, Mqm was created in 84-85 so you can count the years yourself.

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  • Bewildered
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:38PM

    Good job UK police. Lets see when the Sharifs, Hussain Nawaz, Zardaris, and a number of other politicians who have bought very expensive properties and palaces in the UK clearly by laundering graft money get the same treatment of law.

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  • Junaid Siddiqui
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:40PM

    I’m a mahajir, living in karachi and this news made my day!! Hope he gets the righteous punishment for the terror he had been spreading in karachi over the years. Today i myself witnessed the members of this party forcing and assaulting common people of karachi to shut down their business and shops,irrespective of the fact if they are muhajirs or not. This terrorist network needs to be shut down if peace and prosperity is to prevail in our karachi ,which doesn’t belong to these so called muhajirs alone, infact each and every person who is a pakistani national owns it, be it the sindhis,punjabis,pathans,balochis or muhajir brothers.
    Let this city live in peace!!!!!

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  • Jamil
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:41PM

    Karachi need KCR i wonders how its gonna worked???

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  • Oats
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:44PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani: Why are you so angry against other Pakistanis when it is the UK Police who found Altaf Hussain is guilty. Why compare his alleged corruption against others to debate whether it is more or less? If you want to drag a separate Karachi into this debate and deride native Pakistanis, just go and make your separate state in India and leave Pakistanis alone.

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  • Bewildered
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:53PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:

    “There is a feeling in mohajir masses that the case built up against Altaf Hussain in London was actually by the Pakistani establishment who have been trying hard in the past 20 years to somehow get Altaf out of the political scence.”

    And for that Punjabis have planted 400,000 pounds cash in Altaf Bhai’s residence? I wonder then why Altaf Bhai claimed the money was donations from MQM workers? for which he didn’t pay any taxes.

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  • fawad
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:54PM

    Good work done by English Police. I appreciate it.

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  • ObserverUSA
    Jun 3, 2014 - 10:59PM

    Hope this leads to the end of the politics of “dhons, dhandli, and dhamki.”

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  • H Chaudhry
    Jun 3, 2014 - 11:07PM

    @Doesn’t add up Grow up please. Altaf was caught with money in his house. He is a british citizen. Others are NOT and others have not been caught sitting on money in their homes.

    You are mixing theories here but please be clear, he is a british citizen who is under jurisdiction of British police and after being caught is going through THEIR legal process. Don’t mix and match Pakistan policies with theirs. Money laundering means a lot of cash he got caught with and cant provide the source and further more why he did not pay TAX on that money. In US/UK, you just cant get away with sitting on lot of money, have no source of income and not paying taxes etc.

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  • Yawn
    Jun 3, 2014 - 11:09PM

    @Oats:
    No no NO.

    Not the right argument to make to SJ

    Everyone has a right to free speech and peaceful political choice.

    We are ALL Pakistani. Period.

    Karachi is home to all.

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  • Zog
    Jun 3, 2014 - 11:11PM

    Please keep Karachi peaceful.

    Now lets deweaponise it forever.

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  • kaleem
    Jun 3, 2014 - 11:12PM

    This news made my day. I was waiting for this news since many years.

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  • Zog
    Jun 3, 2014 - 11:18PM

    @Junaid Siddiqui:
    No NO NO..

    You are a Pakistani.

    And I am so proud that you are a Pakistani.

    Lets make Karachi the City of Lights again

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  • Silly Politics
    Jun 3, 2014 - 11:25PM

    With this politics of coercion and intimidation is not going to end soon. But one hopes it does.

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  • Jun 3, 2014 - 11:53PM

    why altaf hussain! ! just because he belongs to urdu spoken community why charges not put on zardari Mr. 10% and Nawaz sharif who do and support others in money laundering and other financial crimes.

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  • Junaid Siddiqui
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:00AM

    Definitely, I’m a proud Pakistani, Alhumdulilah. The point of mentioning myself as a muhajir was that , even us muhajirs(not the ignorant ones) don’t support this terrorist network. I’ve long been a witness to the tyranny and oppression of these traitorous,so called representatives of the Muhajirs, trying day and night to separate karachi from the Pakistan, the country which gave em the name,the identity, homes to take shelter and food to eat. The atrocities and the torment we karachites( people of the proud nation Pakistan) been through, mustn’t go unpunished.
    InshAllah this city will again be a city of lights!

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  • Silly Politics
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:02AM

    “Federal government says that it is ready to help Altaf Hussain legally, Express News reported.”
    NS Government is ready to compromise to shield itself from any significant challenge. Either that is statesmanlike, since Pakistan has a host of other problems to attend to or that is lame? It is difficult to judge the PM.

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  • Fawad
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:10AM

    I wish this arrest happen to Zardaree. A gigantic money laundery master!

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  • msm
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:14AM

    Wheel jam strike call given throughout London by party activist
    Transporters have supported the call.

    There will be no exams throughout schools, colleges and Universities in UK.

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  • Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:17AM

    @Shahzeb Jilani if you still call yourself Mohajir after living in Pakistan for 50 years then instead of annexing Karachi, why don’t deport you back to from where you came as Mohajir in Pakistan/Karachi. Please remember you and your ancestors didn’t bring Karachi with you, rather Karachi welcomed you when you chose to come to Pakistan.

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  • kamal
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:20AM

    This arrest should have been made many years back. I am hopeful that Karachi will become peaceful now.

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  • Urban Legend
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:43AM

    People of Punjab claims to care more for Karachi than us belonging to this city. How ironic!

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  • Beck
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:52AM

    Why? MQM has enough money in their kitty, let them defend their beloved. He was in self exile, no one asked him to leave Pakistan except MQM. Our tax payers money is not for this purpose.

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  • Jun 4, 2014 - 12:55AM

    @Junaid Siddiqui:
    Proud on your brother on your thinking.

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  • String theory.
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:58AM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:
    IN karachi u mean all the parties used violence? But in rest of Pakistan I dont think parties used violence to shutdown the city … It is just Karachi we have seen every time violence erupt when ever some body want that-. Can u quote any other city where such violence are seen by public through any political party?

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  • Confused
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:59AM

    I don’t see Pakistan beyond Punjab! We in Karachi are made to serve them and any attempt to stay united is met with all sorts of pressure tactics. Any response to such tactics is termed as illegal. Interesting country :)

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  • KK Kool
    Jun 4, 2014 - 1:19AM

    @Shahzeb Jilani. Did your ancestors bring Karachi from India? Please feel free to go back. Karachi was ours and will remain ours. Believe me.

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  • Saif
    Jun 4, 2014 - 1:51AM

    “Federal government says that it is ready to help Altaf Hussain legally, Express News reported.”

    The best help Federal Government can give is to handover 2 suspects Scotland Yard is asking for in Imran Farooque murder case.
    They may help by confessing Imran Farooque’s murder as their own act instead a conspiracy by AH and clear Altaf Hussain’s name from murder charge.
    This may help avoid him a really long prison term.

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  • Not Surprised
    Jun 4, 2014 - 2:06AM

    Those backing Altaf, hope to receive his support when they are brought to justice.

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  • karachiiiiii
    Jun 4, 2014 - 2:26AM

    I’m very happy. Lets get done with that rubbish n filth in London and have peace! Wish a prosperous Karachi.

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  • Not Surprised
    Jun 4, 2014 - 2:27AM

    @Confused:
    Think only as a Pakistani and that would overcome the legacy of parochialism. Regards.

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  • bhai ka dewana
    Jun 4, 2014 - 3:19AM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:
    You say you have been voting for this lot since 25 years. Ccirca 1988, when bhai’s image appeared on a leaf (seriously), did you line up at 90 to catch a glimpse like the rest of Pakistan-builders? Just wonderin’.

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  • sunny
    Jun 4, 2014 - 3:38AM

    thanks london police!

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  • Munaeem Jamal
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:09AM

    Police have not indicted him yet. The case is not in the court.

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  • Ali
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:09AM

    S. Jilani MQM were formed in 1984 which is exactly 20 years ago. How do you voting for them from 25 years???

    Don’t you think same sort of fake and untrue explanation have been given by MQM for the allegations of money laundering???

    Iltaf Bhai have been arrested whole world shouting despite rabata committee said no he is not, they just questioned him. Pathetic!!!

    PMLN, PPP and MQM are pretty much on the same path.

    PTI approaches not only MQM but all other Political parties for Election Reforms,nothing else!!
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  • Not Surprised
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:42AM

    Some politicians with a criminal past are offering help to Altaf.

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  • Not Surprised
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:45AM

    Should he get acquitted, he and his party are going to be even rougher with opponents. No reason for celebration yet.

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  • kamal
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:48AM

    @Munaeem Jamal:
    Not the police, but the courts indict. But you are right the jubilation is premature.

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  • lakhon dushman ho khilaf apna qusid sirf altaf
    Jun 4, 2014 - 5:15AM

    The amount of recommendations is more bro coz the die hard followers of altaf bhai is recording pur sukoon ahtjaj at numaish…my friend no time to write comments if thn the recommendations wud be in millions.Recommend

  • Surprised
    Jun 4, 2014 - 5:58AM

    @Saif:
    But his arrest has nothing to do with the Imran Farooq’s murder case. As reported, it concerns suspicions about money laundering. So, can the Fed Government provide any evidence to the effect that the money has not been laundered? No, I don’t think it is possible or even relevant?
    I doubt that the Govt would ever hand over the suspects, that is if it actually has them, as it would be expedient to use them for political leverage.

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  • Mohsin meghani
    Jun 4, 2014 - 6:22AM

    Agree @Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani:

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  • omair
    Jun 4, 2014 - 8:18AM

    I’m a Pakistani as much as anybody else but sorry to say Urdu speaking can’t get along with most of Sindhis and Punjabis due to their hatred towards us which was the sole reason of the creation of MQM.

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  • jay bird
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:39AM

    @omair:
    Your narrative did not include Balochis, Pathans AND Anglo-Saxons. Get out of that Annu Bhai Park mentality already.
    How many countries must an Indian refugee criticize in a lifetime anyway?

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  • jay bird
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:47AM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:
    And the first jalsa for a free karachi movement (!) will be held in Lyari. Or maybe not.

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  • Born Karachiite
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:08AM

    We love Altaf Hussain and MQM is a reality. Your social media gurus can’t reverse the reality. Stay commenting. MQM is largely supported by middle class and not rich and sick Sindhis, proud Punjabis and racist Pathans. Pray for Pakistan and care for us! You have lost one arm already because of Punjabi chauvinism, Don’t repeat the mistake by mishandling Karachi.

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:20AM

    @Shahzeb Jilani: Mr. MQM Voter please enlightened us when MQM took out a rally or resorted to dharna or strike against Quota System, for Revival of Karachi Circular Railway, against ethnic cleansing of Urdu Speaking people from Sind government office by wadera corruption party that it’s love to be allied with? ???

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  • Big Deal
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:24AM

    Money laundering in UK is a white collar and tiny amount of 250K pounds is not that big of an offence as it feels from the comments here.

    Come out of your hatred for Mohajirs & MQM and you will see Pakistan prospering again!

    Long life MQM!

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  • Well Wisher
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:26AM

    Happy Holiday my Pakistani Brothers and Sisters.

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  • Ashraf
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:49AM

    Qaid-e-Tehreek is the GREATEST Pakistani since Qaid-e-Azam. This is a conspiracy to defame him.

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  • T ariq Mahmud
    Jun 4, 2014 - 11:23AM

    Moment for our political elite to reflect , a line has to be drawn between them and their off shore fortunes piled up through their rent seeking pursuits in this hapless country . Imagine Liaqat Ali . Ghulam Muhammad , Nazim uddin , Sikander Mirza , Husein Shaheed Suharwardy , all of them died in gentle poverty with no off shore fortunes , could we name any first tier leader of this country who doesn’t have wealth and such like stakes abroad , the unending saga starts from Soule to Dubai , from Zurich to London , from Barcelona to New York , from Atlant to Ottawa .Imagine the reaction , The British law enforcement machine has moved against a British national for palpable violation of the British law . Does it warrant burning and vandalising property in Karachi and driving the peace loving people to the edges . More so when we know it pretty well that th British system will not buckle down to such Durnas .

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  • saqib
    Jun 4, 2014 - 11:42AM

    those who could not become Pakistanis in 65 years how can they be Britishers in 25 years?
    who not migrated from India? i think 70% of Muslims came from India so why there is no Muhajir thing in Punjab, KPK or BAL? why this filth is only found in Sindh?

    Father of the nation should at least know how to deal with Britishers. lol

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  • Riaz Murtaza
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:15PM

    At least the protesters should not damage the property in their country. Burning trucks, buses, car or shops is your own loss.

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  • The Paki!
    Jun 4, 2014 - 12:31PM

    @ Shahzeb Jilani

    I support your concept of new country. Please feel free to do so in Arabian sea. I would like to see you in my neighborhood.

    @Born Karachiite, Big Deal and Ashraf

    Crime is a crime dear, whether big or small. You cannot have a glass of water even with a single drop of alcohol in it. So please stop being ignorant and accept the reality that your God-father is now gone for good.

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  • Born Karachiite
    Jun 4, 2014 - 2:00PM

    @The Paki: Selective justice is recipe for disaster. Why then Pakistanis consider themselves discriminated in the West!

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  • nadeem
    Jun 4, 2014 - 2:52PM

    It is inconceivable that the British government did not know what was going on since 1992. They chose to look the other way because Altaf Husain was providing them some Karachi-based services (intelligence gathering, getting some tasks done, etc.). More recently, his quality of service probably deteriorated so he became more of a liability and less of an asset. A stay in jail might reinvigorate him, and he might offer some ‘deluxe’ package of Karachi-based services to UK+US. If they like his offer, expect the charges to disappear.

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  • laadla
    Jun 4, 2014 - 3:26PM

    Will everyone please stop praising the UK police. They apparently don’t need Altaf anymore so have begun the process to dispose him off. He has been in London for 20 years and the British knew very well what he has been upto during that time.

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  • Ayesha Friend
    Jun 4, 2014 - 3:35PM

    Just Curious that Where is Ayesha Now for defending MQM and Altaf Hussiam all the way they need NOW?

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  • The Paki!
    Jun 4, 2014 - 3:50PM

    @ Born Karachiite

    For your information your leader was a Pakistani; he is not a Pakistani. He himself chose to seek asylum from Pakistan and opted for Britain’s nationality. Do not forget that he revoked his Pak nationality by claiming asylum. By law a person cannot come back to country from where he sought the asylum. So your comment is not valid to speak up generally for the discrimination against Pakistanis.

    He reaped what he sowed

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  • ullo bata
    Jun 4, 2014 - 4:44PM

    do they have any Iftikhar Chaudhry in UK?

    if not, then am afraid this guy is doomed..

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  • Fasial
    Jun 4, 2014 - 6:48PM

    My dear all brothers, I belive only that if he is not in guilty, UK government will not touch him and if they find guilty then he will punish only 6 months, and after that he will stay in Dubai like other political persons. He will lead karachi from their.
    His party persons so called karkun, they only punch only mahajirs, they can not face any other persons. They closed all shops yesterday in front of me, and I know them they are MQM karkun, from here only twenty yards far there is pathan colony, no karkun go there and close shops, because they dont have power to askthem.
    MQM only lead, Thailay wala, shop wala, Rikshaw,texi, Faqeer. In ke ……… main itna dam nahi ka kisi aur ke basti ke taraf daikh bhi lain.

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  • saher
    Jun 4, 2014 - 7:35PM

    i wish they would stop saying that altaf hussain’s party mqm represents muhajirs. IT DOES NOT!! and i haven’t seen one person being prosecuted in my family in pakistan just because their ancestors were muhajirs. MQM is not a political party, it is a cult which ignores to live in the present day competitive world, has no plans for actually working to earn, it has come to know that fear can easily run their business of doing nothing with profit.

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  • Ali
    Jun 4, 2014 - 7:52PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani
    someone pinch this guy to wake up pls.man have some life.the support for MQM in Karachi has long gone.Pretty much all of the karachiites know this reality bro.u gotta stop this wishful thinking

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  • Weirdity
    Jun 4, 2014 - 8:10PM

    Karachi is defenseless against the Taliban without Altaf bhai and MQM.

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  • farhad
    Jun 4, 2014 - 8:17PM

    Three cheers for Scotland Yard, Hip Hip hurry!!! Hip Hip hurry!!! Hip Hip hurry!!!

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  • zafar
    Jun 4, 2014 - 8:17PM

    THANKS ,Scotland yard police .this person has spoiled the soft image of mohajirs and every time he himself called mohajirs who made Pakistan let me say he terrorized the whole Karachi that is why his gatherings were never attacked by bomb or BANDOOK but every other parties were not spared in karachi the reason behind is clear !

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  • Jun 4, 2014 - 8:18PM

    From morning i was very very very very happy when i heard that Altaf arrested by British Police. (Thanks to Allah that British Police is not like our Pakistani Police, atleast we see some justs).

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  • Lion King
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:12PM

    @Doesn’t add up: well nawaz and zardari are not British citizens. This matter is between a British citizen and the British police.

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  • Lion King
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:13PM

    Why No Dharna in Londin?

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  • Kamran
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:16PM

    the king of terror probably face the biggest challenge in his life.

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  • Saif
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:26PM

    Did anyone not inform Scotland Yard that this clown is above the law; Pakistani as well as UK?

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  • Jun 4, 2014 - 9:29PM

    Readers/ Bloggers
    The whole notion, principle, ideology of MQM is skewed. First of all how can one be a Muhajir ( Immigrant) if they have not migrated. No body remains a Muhajir after 66 years. The party leaders talk about one specific group of people ( ie an offspring who migrated from India only and settled in Karachi/ Hyderabad)
    If that is the case then why not called indian or hindustani muhajir.
    I only say this because we have Afghan Muhajirs, Bengali Muhajirs, some Central Russian Muhajirs etc

    Also if MQM is a party of Muhajirs then why called as Mutahidda Qaumi Movement. They said that they were moving away from that agenda. They said they will represent middle class and lower middle class but why plead for one ethnic group.Probably to seek permission in the elections.

    So those who did not settle in Karachi what are they called and why they don’t call themselves as Muhajir?

    Then who are the new Sindhis?
    Then who are Urdu speaking?

    Also provinces of Pakistan were declared on the basis of ethnic origin ie based on the language spoken/ originated in those areas!
    Does Karachi has its own language? I know Bangladesh did?

    Urdu is spoken all over Pakistan? in fact in India as well?

    This just goes to show the confusion around identity.

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  • amanat
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:33PM

    Altaf Hussaun has been arrested by London police under the charges of money-laundering but the vehicles and other property of the Pakistani citizens have been damaged in Karachi. What does it mean? The police must have proofs otherwise this could not have happened. Altaf Hussain knew all the situation before hand. The government should take effective steps to protect the lives and property of the people in Karachi and should not play the role of a spectator.

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  • Saif
    Jun 4, 2014 - 9:38PM

    @Ayesha Friend: “Just Curious that Where is Ayesha Now for defending MQM and Altaf Hussiam all the way they need NOW?”

    Gone fishing along with her buddy some Mrs. Zafar after Scotland Yard hauled the biggest fish!

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  • Parvez
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:20PM

    A British subject gets into trouble with the British Law……..and Karachi shuts down.
    Some serious questions should be asked from British authorities and we should demand compensation from them.

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  • ivehadit
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:30PM

    Funny to see how all Politicians are lining up with one of theirs accused for stealing others money. Perhaps a sense of community?

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  • ivehadit
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:33PM

    everyone wants to be free of Pakistan. Maybe they should look inward and understand that they just want to be free of themselves.

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  • Siddiqui
    Jun 4, 2014 - 10:57PM

    Am i the only one baffled by our politicians showing sympathy towards Altaf Hussain? He is a British citizen living in self exile. Where in the world does a political party leader rule by living overseas? I’m sure if he is innocent he will be released. So whats the problem?

    Secondly, what positive thing has Altaf Hussain done for Karachi? He holds the city to ransom, promotes violence and then endorsed and sympathised by our politicians?

    No wonder Pakistan is in the state it is today.

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  • Maria ali
    Jun 4, 2014 - 11:17PM

    We are with Altaf Hussain he is our leader we don’t want to listen anything.
    Our well wishes and pray is with you our dear Leader.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jun 5, 2014 - 12:27AM

    karachi shut down who is responsible and who is terrorist party

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  • True
    Jun 5, 2014 - 12:28AM

    @Timorlane:
    spot on!

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  • Not Surprised
    Jun 5, 2014 - 12:58AM

    @Maria ali:
    Blind followers like you cannot bring sanity to the politics of Pakistan. Get a life.

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  • Sam
    Jun 5, 2014 - 1:05AM

    Why are people protesting against the arrest of a British citizen on British soil for British crime?

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  • I love Karachi
    Jun 5, 2014 - 1:10AM

    @Born Karachiite:
    Altaf Hussain went to London, because he alleged there was a conspiracy against him in Pakistan and the police were out to kill him, got UK citizenship, and swore allegience to the Queen. Now I understand he alleges there is a conspiracy against him in UK, the British police are out to get him, and he suddenly applied for a Pakistan passport…

    Everyone respects your freedom to chose which party you support. Please respect the other people who do not support Altaf Hussain.

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  • Want my Karachi back
    Jun 5, 2014 - 1:10AM

    I remember Karachi pre-MQM, it was a much better place, and safer and more equitable.

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  • Umar
    Jun 5, 2014 - 1:24AM

    Looking at the situation in Karachi and Sindh who can say that MQM is a political party, People were so afraid and wanted to reach their homes as soon as possible on hearing the news and still they don’t dare to go for work – whole city is made hostage by this organization.
    I wish this might be the end of nightmare period for the people of Karachi and Sindh.

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  • Born Karachiite
    Jun 5, 2014 - 2:17AM

    @The Paki: You smell to be fuming with hatred against MQM. May you understand whats true justice and why Pakistan is a failed state. Pakistan ka Allah hi hafiz hae.

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  • Alann
    Jun 5, 2014 - 2:29AM

    Why don’t people come together/protest in such a way against all the other ills in Pakistan that are occurring on a daily basis? Why no dharnas against rapes/honour killings/suicide bombings/excessive military spendings/corrupt governments?

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  • Absar
    Jun 5, 2014 - 3:36AM

    Long live the Queen! Hail English justice!

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  • Jun 5, 2014 - 3:51AM

    @Born Karachiite:
    are you mad? MQM is facing what they sowed in the past you cannot hide your dirty face of your party or leader in disguise of provincialism or racism.

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  • Jun 5, 2014 - 4:00AM

    @Silly Politics:
    he only soltion for them is to leave politics live as ordinary citizen otherwise leave from where they come from that is India, then they will realize and stop taking Pakistan for granted.

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  • Challenge Status quo
    Jun 5, 2014 - 4:54AM

    @Shahzeb Jilani
    why annex Karachi. Did u bring it with you from India?? it was a part of Sindh.. So if you insist on being called a Muhajir then please go and settle somewhere else as the word “Muhajir” suggests.. Btw my parents came from Bombay as well but I am a Pakistani first and foremost. Secondly all the ghareeb leaders from MQM live in Phase V, remember Waseem Akhtar ,Nasreen Jaleel they were nobodies and look how rich they r nowRecommend

  • Saif
    Jun 5, 2014 - 8:49AM

    This Guardian photo of great “Quid” sums it up beautifully, no narrative, commentary or elaboration needed, priceless!
    Enjoy!

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/03/pakistan-altaf-hussain-arrested-london

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  • Aik_Paki
    Jun 5, 2014 - 9:23AM

    @Alishan Patel:
    Soon Sharif and Zardari will also be caught. If not in this world then in their next life.

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  • Jun 5, 2014 - 10:10AM

    @khan: Why don’t you go back to the hinterland of the TTP and enjoy life with them. Salams

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  • Communist
    Jun 5, 2014 - 10:13AM

    To all my friends in favor or against the above subject, please go and read Hamid Mir’s Column in Jang daily today….. The essence of story… Let the Karachi become capital again….

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 5, 2014 - 10:20AM

    Question remains: Why No Dharna in London ?
    when there’s said to be hundreds of loyal workers apart from the Rabita Committee “Dignitaries”

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  • Fahad
    Jun 5, 2014 - 10:36AM

    Saif you are awesome man. Simply awesome. The link you sent of the Quaid of the Nation was so emotional. I also miss Aysha M and TrueKarachiwala. Maybe they switched parties or their own names.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jun 5, 2014 - 10:39AM

    The opening of the shops,businesses centers and educational institutions on the MQM’s directions definitely and absolutely prove that Karachi has been the subservient of MQM and Karachi’s businesses and educational institutions run under MQM’s commandments and in the other words MQM is the terrorist party of Sindh.What the federal government is doing that the whole Sindh is running under the full control of MQM?????

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  • Merchant
    Jun 5, 2014 - 11:26AM

    Do not let him achieve the status of Ghazi or Shaheed.

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  • Haris
    Jun 5, 2014 - 11:44AM

    If he is proven guilty, please also arrange to arrest and hold accountable his whole party as they all need to be checked for the same offenses, and which everyone knows they have equal share to.

    Also I request Pak govt to arrange some counselling for this zombie public of Karachi who are constantly supporting a proven criminal and such behavior should not be tolerated on a state level.

    I am a Karachite and a Mohajir.

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  • kulwnt singh
    Jun 5, 2014 - 11:53AM

    @Oats:
    My der brother we have lot of Muslims in India and they are very happy hear till now there hve been three Muslims the Presidents of India, CJ of supereme court many IAS,IPS,IFS,IRS and other officers and such people who are the citizens of Pakistn for 67 years and want to break the country re not required here,you can better deal with them and the last but not the least such persons can never be satisfied he is blaming every one Pnjabi,Pathn,Sindhi.

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  • Viking Star
    Jun 5, 2014 - 12:59PM

    May we know when and how Altaf spoke to them? In no way could he have contacted rabta committee as he is under police custody. MQM continue to fool public. First they said AH is not arrested, he is at home. Then they realized the fact that they can not hide arrest news for long so they started saying that how can UK police arrest AH without a proof or indictment. My advise to MQM is go to UK and protest there, try and shut businesses and shops in UK and tell UK police that what they are doing is wrong and what MQM thinks is right.
    In Pakistan they are fooling public again that AH contacted them so they are ending strike and just doing dharna’s. Because they know continuing to shut Karachi would further complicate their case.
    AH has to face his fate for what he did.

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  • Shazim Akhter
    Jun 5, 2014 - 1:03PM

    People of karachi shut down karachi to show their support for Altaf, and the party representatives say that it was done willingly and without any exertion of force. Rofl,now who would believe that? I must appreciate the fluency with which these people lie. Since, i was a witness to their assaults on shop keepers and businessmen ,they were threatened by the party activists, that if they don’t shut down their businesses , their shops would be set on fire. When you have got such hypocrites in party leaderships, what else could one expect from the low level activists.
    PLEASE stop saying it , that people shut down their businesses willingly to show support for Altaf, we are not fools! The world knows the truth behind!

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  • Dani
    Jun 5, 2014 - 1:08PM

    “Karachi is a peaceful city ” ?? Farooq Sattar must be kidding

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  • Kamil
    Jun 5, 2014 - 2:12PM

    MQM workers have suddenly resorted to firing today to get the businesses shut down to show peaceful shutdown of Karachi to express love for the billionaire British chief of MQM

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  • zahid
    Jun 5, 2014 - 2:47PM

    @Noman:
    Schools in karachi is already closed due to summer vacation

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  • Rabitta commitie
    Jun 5, 2014 - 2:54PM

    Public Announcement:
    Karachi will be closed for tomorrow, all business, petrol pumps, schools, bazars, wedding arrangements, pharmacies, Hospitals, courts and Police stations will be closed tomorrow. The reason of closure is that our beloved Altaf Bhai has sustained mild injury on his finger while cutting a tomato in his Kitchen in UK. Everyone please pray for the speedy recovery of his finger. Any car seen on road tomorrow will be burnt.

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  • Bilal Mughal
    Jun 5, 2014 - 3:09PM

    Of course Karachi is a peaceful city, only if you subtract the MQM factor. This city is going to be a much better place to live .

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  • Straight Forward
    Jun 5, 2014 - 3:27PM

    There was alarming situation for all of us, When the Budget was announced the same time SLY police raid there then whole Pakistan took attention towards London and no one bother about the goose Budget in which all funds including HEC and development got by punjab nothing for small provinces. Think…………

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  • Citizen26
    Jun 5, 2014 - 3:50PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:

    So r u trying to say that if Nawaz stormed into supreme court then so can MQM and extortion, kidnapping and the target killings that are done by Namaloum afraad across all city is justified?
    Who has givent the authority to MQM to shut down shops, buses and normal acitivity in the city? If someone doesn’t want to then he would probably get shot by one of your MQM memebers.

    This is the fear that has been created by your MQM in karachi and hence should be held responsible for such violence.
    Secondly, please recall your memory that MQM remained in GOVT in Musharraf’s era, what had happened to fauji nafrat at that time? Don’t distort facts and learn to recall things for a bit longer to earn a repuation in civilised society. Country would contniue to progress but MQM would remain violent, killers, murderes, bhatta khor, kidnappers and would be termed as uncivilised criminals organisation.

    Anyway it is too late dude.

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  • Muhammd Rizwan Ali
    Jun 5, 2014 - 3:52PM

    Rabia Ali, look to becoming great writer in ET, has been writing regularly since many many days, so good…so many topics..
    Keep it up…

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  • A2Z
    Jun 5, 2014 - 4:14PM

    It is absolutely clear the so called unidentified men are MQM’s ghunday but you don’t have courage to take their name. Shame on you ET

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  • Viking Star
    Jun 5, 2014 - 4:23PM

    @GreyWulf:
    Very well said bro.

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  • ayaz
    Jun 5, 2014 - 4:26PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:

    I am an urdu speaking and I am ready to die for Pakistan, dont play with the emotions of muhajirs by talking about a separate country. Hardly any Muhajor would accept your wish

    Pakistan Zindabad (from a muhajir)

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  • The Paki!
    Jun 5, 2014 - 5:15PM

    So he is Pakistani once again???

    I did not expect this smart move by our dumb government, to get the processing a little delayed, giving Scotland Yard some time to move into action.

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  • Sarim Noon
    Jun 5, 2014 - 5:23PM

    @Shahzeb Jilani:
    If you have had to make your own country, why did you come to Pakistan? And if you come to Pakistan in wake of 1947 and still call your self Mohajir (no body else calls you mohajir) then please revert back and make your own country where you have come from. Karachi is your city for past 65 years. You are in majority for past 65 years and still you blame other ethnic groups for all bad happening in Karachi??? Your beloved party has been in power since 1999, what good it has done to you? You ever been to Lahore or Peshawar and have faced any difficulty or problem mingling up with the masses??? Your are an ethnic group living in most populous and most advance city of Pakistan and still try to get sympathy in name of ethnicity. Shame on you!

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  • Funny
    Jun 5, 2014 - 5:33PM

    I think Altaf Hussain may have made the mistake of thinking he could get up to the same antics in the UK that he was accustomed to in Pakistan….

    Met Police is a good example for the Pakistan Police and NAB.

    Law should be applicable to all, without fear or favor

    Please do your job.

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  • Karachi 3
    Jun 5, 2014 - 5:48PM

    How come both Musharaf and Altaf Hussain like to take refuge in hospital. Co-incidence……

    Pakistan High Commissioner London: Not bad; both CNIC and Passport issued same day.I wish same is done for other citizens

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  • observer
    Jun 5, 2014 - 5:49PM

    I really dont understand. He is a British citizen! On what basis has the Pakistani Consular been given access? this is so bizarre! its like suddenly since the Brits want to arrest him, he has heart issues and needs to see the PK consular.

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